HermanGerel attorneys are now playing leadership roles in prominent Multi-District Litigation now being performed across America:
Russ Herman, our partner in New Orleans, was recently appointed Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Propulsid MDL. He also holds a seat on the Plaintiff's Steering Committee of the current HMO MDL.
HermanGerel partner, Maury Herman, is chairman of the Plaintiff's Steering Committee of the Eastern District of Missouri Case 4:05-md-01672-SNL, In Re Express Scripts, PBM Litigation.
A partner in the HermanGerel New Orleans office, Stephen J. Herman, serves on the Plaintiff's Steering Committee of the Eastern District of Missouri Case 4:05-md-01672-SNL, In Re Express Scripts, PBM Litigation.
A partner in the HermanGerel Washington, D.C. office, Michelle Parfitt, is a member of the PPA MDL Plaintiff's Steering Committee.
In the handful of key MDL'd cases now in progress across the country, one findsHermanGerel partners in the top tier of case strategy, experience and leadership. The next step is to put HermanGerel MDL experience to work for you. All individual lawsuits from across the country that are pending in Federal court and that involve a similar type of claim (like the HermanGerel cases for injuries caused by Rezulin, Propulsid, PPA, or the Sultzer orthopedic hip implants) can be consolidated and transferred to a single judge for pre-trial purposes only.
As in a class action suit, in Multi-District Litigation (MDL) you benefit through judicial economy and efficiencies of scale. For example, if the defendant you are suing is also being sued by 100,000 other plaintiffs across the country, just taking depositions in all the various jurisdictions could delay the trial date by years. But when all those individual suits are MDL'd, it happens in one place. One time. This also helps to save money for the clients.
The next advantage is a more level playing field. With 100,000 individual suits against the same defendant(s) scattered from coast-to-coast, various judges might issue conflicting orders. Or set differing standards of evidence. But in MDL those 100,000 cases go to just one judge, for more uniform, more consistent pre-trial work.
Our clients also have the advantage of HermanGerel's nationwide experience in the MDL litigation process.